Everyone knows that the best parties always end in the kitchen. With our new series Kitchen Party, we’re sitting down with Feast ON Chefs to get to know them, and the local foods that inspire them, a little better.
Chef Julia Graham
The Quirky Carrot
Chef says: “We prepare everything from scratch and with love. Our goal at the Quirky Carrot, is to create a kitchen community that focuses on fresh, natural ingredients. We strive to use only local ingredients wherever possible”
Favourite seasonal ingredient?
I couldn’t possibly pick just one. Whatever was just picked.
All-time favourite Ontario drink?
Red wines of Niagara and Prince Edward County. Particularly The Old Third Pinot Noir and the Thirty Bench Rosé.
What are your favourite Ontario fruits and vegetables and what do you like to make with them?
Berries, stone fruits, asparagus, tomatoes, kale, beets, squash. I could go on! Fruit crumbles with interesting toppings, a lovely vegetable and cheese tart, salads, salads and mores salads. Also, soups.
Do you have a favourite season and what ingredients do you like to cook with during it?
Fall. Turning on the oven again, after a hot summer. Roasting end of season stone fruits, late berries, meat roasts and stews
How do you add personal flair to traditional recipes? What tip would you give to someone wanting to try a recipe in a new way?
Always trying top put a healthy spin on things. Switching a flour to whole grain or gluten-free, using an all natural sugar instead of refined sugar, adding as many fresh vegetables or fruits to dishes. Spices, they add flavour without added fat or calories.
Who’s on your chef collaboration dream team?
Alex Molitz who used to be at Farmhouse Tavern, Steve from Supply & Demand, and any of my former students. Who am I kidding, I would be too awe-struck to work with any of these fine folks!
What we’re dying to try: The Heirloom Carrot & Zataar salad sounds right up our alley!
Chef Julia is many things to many people, mother, teacher, foodie and runner. She believes in people being in the kitchen and she takes pride in feeding herself and he family. Opening the Quirky Carrot was a dream for Julia after co-owning Sorella’s Catering. She has also taught a successful post secondary level program for 8 years.